Art and Design at SS. Mary and John’s Catholic Primary Academy


At SS. Mary & John’s Catholic Primary Academy our Art & Design curriculum is designed to hook, engage, inspire and challenge every child’s individual artistic flair in line with age related expectations outlined in the National Curriculum guidelines 2014. Our curriculum aims to provide the children with a progressive programme of study for art and design. We believe that every child should be able to access a wide range of first hand educational experiences, visits and visitors in order to enhance learning across the curriculum.

Children will be able to build on their own individual experiences using a variety of media and tools to develop new skills and become proficient in all areas of art including drawing, sketching, painting, sculpture, collage and digital media. Children will be encouraged to develop both their ability to respond critically to works of art, and develop their skills and confidence in their own artistic skills. Children will use and understand colour, form, texture, pattern, line, shape and the use of different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think.

Children will explore and be exposed to ideas and meanings in the work of a variety of artists, crafts people and designers. Our curriculum will provide children with the opportunity to explore how art and design has shaped our history and contributed to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

We follow the National Curriculum art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, printing, textiles, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms


SS. Mary & John’s Catholic Primary Academy is committed to meeting, and where possible exceeding, the art and design requirements outlined in the primary National Curriculum 2014.

Our curriculum enables teachers to use a variety of teaching methods and learning styles within lessons. The curriculum is planned and taught taking into consideration the needs of all pupils based on their relative starting points. The planning reflects the content and challenge of the curriculum whilst ensuring it is broad and balanced. Through our teaching the curriculum will be exciting and will inspire children to nurture a passion for learning.


At SS. Mary & John’s Catholic Primary Academy, through our broad and balanced curriculum we are enabling children to explore a range of opportunities in art and design, enabling them to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding they need for their future. Through a broad and balanced curriculum we allow children to develop their key artistic skills, thinking skills and the ability to make connections and apply their knowledge and understanding to different aspects of art and design.

The curriculum design and planning will lead to outstanding progress for all pupils, from their individual starting points, over time. 

Planned learning will progressively build on prior knowledge, skills  and understanding and support children in producing outcomes of the highest quality as they move through the school.

The art and design subject leader is responsible for regularly monitoring and reviewing the curriculum, the standard of the children’s learning and the quality of teaching in Art and Design in liaison with senior leaders and middle leaders.

Art & Design Documents